Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Kalamazoo StoutBell's Kalamazoo Stout

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89
very good

3,630 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,630
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 158
Gots: 330 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with Brewer's Licorice.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Duvel glass at 45 degrees; pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hint and a very small head.

S - Roasted coffee with a hint of sweet cocoa. Smells very rich and bold.

T - Stronger chocolate flavor than expected...goes down like an iced mocha with a sweet aftertaste. The rich flavors mask the alcohol very well.

M - Little carbonation with a heavier body and a sweet kick feels great going down.

D - I drank this after dinner (well, in place of dinner.. ;-)) and it fared very well for a cool-weather, dessert beer. I drank this to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of my Jeep (running out of excuses..).

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I assume it is a dark brown, but I would call it black in the glass. You can not see any light through it at all. A 2 finger frothy thick tan head hangs around for quite some time. It is a very impressive looking beer.

S: It has a sweet chocolate smell with a good amount of hop aroma mixed in.

T: Much more smooth than I expected from the aroma. It has the taste of semi-sweet chocolate. It is sweet but not overly so. It is very balanced. In fact the after taste is rather dry. One of the better mixes of sweet and dry that I can recall.

M: A very full bodied creamy brew. It could be slightly more interesting with some in mouth carbonation or maybe some kind of spicing.

D: It has a slight drying after taste that makes you want to come back for more. For its style, its much more drinkable than most, but its far from a session beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass to produce a perfect 1" tan head that slowly dwindled down to a clumpy cap leaving loads of thick lacing on the glass. The beer is opaque ebony.

The smell was subdued, but I picked up a typical chocolaty scent.

Taste: Nice and sweet with malty dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and dried fruit. Overall, a nice smoky flavor. The label spoke of using "Brewer's Licorice"... thank goodness I couldn't taste any licorice.... that would have ruined it for me.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy good! adequate carbonation. Awesome mouthcoating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could toss back a few of these without any trouble whatsoever! Nothing offensive at all.

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark black color which shows a little bit of ruby when held to the light. Poured a Foamy tan 3 finger head with nice retention that left a beautiful lace.

Smell - Gives the aromas of malt and dark chocolate.

Taste- Malt and dark bitter chocolate. A little bitter coffee taste is also present. Not as sweet as I thought it might be.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, dry, and creamy.

Drinkability - A nice drinkable beer. I would drink this again.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. Put right up to an incandescent bulb, not a shred of light makes it through. Only a slight hint of brown highlight at the corner of my pint glass reveals anything but black. Dark khaki creamy head.

Suprising that Larry Bell didn't use any chocolate in here. Dark roasted barley form the base of the aroma with loads of cocoa on top. A touch of smokiness.

Heavily roasted flavors. Bittersweet chocolate is there but not like the aroma suggested. Hints of coffee. Slight bitter edge. Finish is right between sweet and dry. Just a slight touch of citric hops that are only detectable after you swallow all that roasted goodness. Very robust. Creamy mouthfeel. Chewy as hell.

Nothing crazy but a killer example of a robust American Stout (I don't agree with the Milk/Sweet stout classification at all).

Photo of tegelaar
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a tiny tan head. Smells rich and wonderful; notes of chocolate and vanilla with a hint of spices. Taste is also excellent - a bitter blend of cocoa and a hint of licorace. Not very sweet at all. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit overcarbed. Very drinkable despite the richness of this beer. Very nice.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black. Huge, solid brown foam with fantastic lace.

S - Roasted grain and related dark, toasty aromas. Coffee.

T- Big astringent toastiness with a leafy backdrop. Very bitter. Not tasting any licorice - I guess it's been obliterated by other flavours. Quite dry, and acidic up front with a bit of an apple presence.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Dry.

D - Easy drinking, tasty stout.

Photo of dgherm
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. Formed a big frothy dark tan colored head. Almost black in color yet the light could come through. Sticky lacing up and down the glass. Smelled slighty sweet with some roasted malt accents. The taste was slightly sweet as well. Also a hint a hops and burnt flavor in the after taste.
I found the mouthfeel smooth but a tad thin. This a stout I think I could have a session with so I rate the drinkability high. I would love to have a significant supply of this on hand to input in my everyday drinking cycle.

Photo of richj1970
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Keithgalley
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Westyn
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jackson2014
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tasty, light stout.

Pours with solid plus head and is very dark. Basically black.

Smells like a very chocolaty coffee.

Taste is mostly chocolate and coffee with some caramel.

overall there isn't a whole lot of upfront taste. But then it comes fairly heavy, not overwhelming. This is a really tasty stout but if I had one complaint it would be that the aftertaste builds towards bitterness.

Photo of KBlodorn
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Troy_P
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jrcassiday
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a rather fresh batch brewed on 4/3/08 and poured in my Duvel tulip.

A - Pitch black with a nice mocha colored head that sits on top. The head is covered with bubbles all around it and had a ton of lacing as well. Looks like it has a decent body and it has a nice reflective quality to and can see none of the carbonation as well.

S - Get a whiff of coffee and chocolate. Also mixed in with a hint of toffee. Has a hint of burnt malt in there as well.

T - At first, get a creaminess in the brew that really seems to impart a little bit of sweetness but not much taste. As it sits around in the mouth, get a huge hit of chocolate and coffee. The roasted flavors really hang around in the aftertaste as well. Get a bit of a bitterness in there as well that gives it a rough feeling but it is balanced out by the nice sweetness. Seem to have a light hint of smokiness in it as well. Actually seems to have a hint of blueberry flavor as well as I get a hint of tartness in it.

MF - Has an average body. The one thing that really stands out is that this beer has a nice bit of carbonation that helps to bring the bitter flavor and as it fades off, the roasted flavors just roll in as well. Finishes rather dry and astringent as well and the aftertaste is a bit tingly. Bit thinner than I would like as well .

D - Overall a stout that packs a lot of punch and is yet easy to drink. Reminds me a bit of the Expedition except I found this to be more balanced. One thing I have noticed about Bell's stout is that they seem to have some earthiness and some bitterness to it that you have to get used to. However, I was rather impressed by this one and it would be a great one to have as a session stout.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straight black with one finger of dark brown head. Lots of nice roasty, chocolatey notes on the nose. It also has an underlying complexity that I am interpreting as the licorice that the label says is in there. Just a touch boozy, estery on the nose. Taste is more of the same, really full bodied roasted stout. Good complexity but also very easy drinking. Overall a really nice brew, just wish they distributed to my area.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with 1/4" of cappuccino head that has good retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth, rich roasted malts, mellow coffee, and faint chocolate in the finish. There are some faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid stout. It's fairly simple and to the point, but the simplicity works here. I've had this one several times and will probably have it again.

Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number of 9210.

Appearance: Thin brown head slowly rises and than slowly settles to a ring around the glass. Very black body.

Smell: Dark currants, a little smoke, licorice in the background. Notes of dark chocolate. Quite a bit going on in this beer's aroma.

Taste: Dark chocolate, little bit of juicy dark fruit flavor. Finishes with a real nice bitterness and a little smokiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Rich with velvety smoothness followed by some prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel is seldom seen as crucial, but this beer has a great mouthfeel and I view it as a big part of the experience.

Damn fine stout.

Photo of bugaboo416
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as midnight, weak legs, head dissipates quickliy

S: Roasted malt, dark caramal, halfway to soy sauce but not there so still good

T: roasted malt, slight coffee, slight astringency/dryness at the end. You can taste the licorice halfway through your taste. I'm not too familiar with black licorice but it adds a nice flavor to the beer. moderate bitterness throughout

M: light body, light creaminess

O: Very nice stout which, while not medium or heavy bodied and super creamy is still creamy enough and thick enough that it's not a porter and coupled with the licorice, really add another layer of character to the beer. Worth trying and drinking more of.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Big three to four finger light cocoa brown head with good retention, nice cap on this. Body is dark walnut brown with just a hint of red. A little soapy but manages a nice ice cream chunk while drinking.

Smell is a good mix of first chocolate then roast coffee. Good and simple, real solid. Chewy grain texture.

Taste is slight prickly licorice, and milk chocolate ovaltine finish. Just right on the wetness scale it seems, so easy drinking.

Overall solid good light stout, very nice and enjoyable easy drinking, good flavor and feel.

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Batch 9984.

A - Pours inky black with a thick, creamy khaki-colored head. Wonderful retention, leaves some craggy lacing as it recedes.
S - Somewhat subdued nose of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and just a hint of licorice.
T - More dark roasty flavors of malt and chocolate, but the coffee really stands out the most. Almost has a coffee-and-cream thing going on. Very nice.
M - Smooth, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Nice and drinkable, at at 6% ABV I could have a couple of these in a sitting. Solid everyday Stout!

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with hints of dark brown under certain light. rich... looks thick. A stout two-finger cocoa-colored head has impressive retention and leaves behind some stunning lacing.

coffee, mocha, cocoa, roasted malt, charred coffee beans. Smells rich, decadent, and roasty. earthy and a bit of dark fruit. a hint of spice.

Taste echoes the aroma, although more roasted notes than sweet caramel chocolate. rich roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet cocoa. A decent, albeit unexpected, bitterness pops up in the middle. a bit of smoke, some earthy bitterness, and a bit of earthy spice - maybe the licorice? A lingering roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A nice bitterness plays well with the slightly sweet creaminess. A touch less chewy than the aroma and flavors led me to expect. Nothing flooring, but pretty solid all around.

drinkable? most definitely. I could go through a few of these in a sitting... an excellent stout. Really struck me more of a strong stout than a sweet stout... more roasty and bitter notes than creamy sweetness. which is alright... it's still delicious, just not as expected. definitely worth the time to give it a shot.

Photo of rlee1390
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black, with a one finger head creamy tan head, some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, like their porter the malt is almost burnt, some coffee.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, some carbonation.

O-Similar to their Porter, a solid stout, nothing makes it stand out among the crowd though.

Bell's Kalamazoo Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 3,630 ratings.